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New Year's Eve parties

Find something you can brag about during brunch the next morning with our list of the best NYE bashes

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Christmas dinner specials

Restaurants serving up traditional and not-so-traditional dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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30 photos of Chicago during the holidays

Chicago is beautiful at all times of the year, but Christmastime really takes the cake

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The 100 best dishes and drinks

From breakfast to booze, these are the best things we ate and drank this year

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Barcelona's 20 top events of 2015

In association with Barcelona Turisme

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December events calendar

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Christmas in Chicago

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New Year's Eve in Chicago

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January events calendar

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February events calendar

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Christmas tragedies from Chicago's yesteryear

-----------------Time Out guest contributor------------------Posted by Adam Selzer on Dec 22, 2014 at 11:15am If you’ve had so much holiday cheer that you’re ready to be boiled in your own pudding, never fear: Chicago history is just full of gruesome Christmas tales. 

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The 10 best new Chicago restaurants and bars of 2014

Posted by Amy Cavanaugh on Dec 22, 2014 at 12:38pm This was a delicious year of eating and drinking in Chicago, as we covered hundreds of restaurants, bars, breweries and basically anywhere you can get something to eat or drink. Out of these, 48 were starred reviews of new restaurants and bars, which were wide-ranging this year, from a tiny fine dining restaurant in Uptown to a huge new restaurant and music venue in Hyde Park. So what stood out as the best openings of the year? Here are the ten best.

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Charlie Chaplin faced censorship in Chicago 100 years ago

-----------------Time Out guest contributor--------------------Posted by Adam Selzer on Dec 18, 2014 at 5:15pm With all the hubbub over James Franco and Seth Rogen’s "The Interview" this week, it seems timely to mention that movies in Chicago in those days were subject to censorship—and not just a ratings system or nervous studio brass, but actual, government-sponsored censorship.

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Stream these 10 movies and TV episodes about North Korea

Posted by Jessica Johnson on Dec 18, 2014 at 3:30pm Who knew a Seth Rogen comedy could have so much blow back? After Sony pulled The Interview's Christmas release, a handful of cinemas planned to instead program the 2004 political satire with puppets Team America: World Police. Now Paramount Pictures has yanked those screenings. If you're frustrated by your film-going decisions being made for you, there are several on-demand options that aren't afraid to make North Korea the bad guy, from 30 Rock to James Bond.

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Best Chicago restaurants

Chicago is a town that cares as much about Grant Achatz's newest concept at Next as where to find the best burger

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Best Chicago bars

Whether you're looking for the best craft beer, top-notch wine or exquisite cocktails, you'll find it at Chicago bars

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Best Chicago dance clubs

These 10 nightclubs are our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing

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Shopping and style

Best Chicago vintage stores

Where to find 1960s fashion or Mad Men–worthy pieces

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Best Chicago coffee shops

From spots with simple drip to those with overwrought Chemex setups, these are the best coffeehouses

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Winter in Chicago

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The 19 best winter events

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Snowboarding and skiing near Chicago

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Restaurants and bars with fireplaces

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Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks

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Life in Chicago

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26 ways to piss off a Chicagoan

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33 things that will happen when you move to Chicago

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How Chicago sees the Midwest

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The 26 guiltiest pleasures of living in Chicago

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Chicago neighborhood guides

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The Loop

Explore the heart of downtown Chicago with our guide to the best restaurants, hotels, things to do and theater in the Loop

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Chinatown

From traditional tea boutiques and dim sum parlors to video stores and candy shops, here's where to go in Chinatown

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Logan Square

Boasting gorgeous boulevards and the hottest restaurants and bars, Logan Square is one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods

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Uptown

Find the best restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and things to do in Uptown and Little Vietnam

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Evanston

Evanston is no longer a sleepy suburb—it's one of the hottest neighborhoods for food, booze and shopping in the Chicago area

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